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Don't let flu ruin your Christmas, says Lincolnshire health expert

By Boston Target  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

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PEOPLE who are eligible for the flu jab should act now to make sure that flu does not ruin their Christmas.

Dr Tony Hill, Director of Public Health and Partnership from NHS Lincolnshire said: "Flu can knock even the healthiest people off their feet for a couple of weeks, but for some people it can be really serious - it can even be a killer.

"Those at most risk include pregnant women, people living with a health condition such as severe asthma, chest or heart complaints, and those aged 65 and over.

"In recent years, critical care units across the region have been busy with people who should have been vaccinated against flu but instead ended up so seriously ill over Christmas that they had to be ventilated as doctors battled to keep them alive.

"Most of these patients were young and middle aged adults with long term health conditions, as well as pregnant women, who would have been eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS."

The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu.

The flu jab is completely safe and does not carry the live flu virus."

To get a flu jab, contact your GP surgery now to arrange a convenient appointment.

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